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Does indoor tanning cause cataracts?

Does indoor tanning cause cataracts?

Any U-V light can: Tanning involves exposure to u-v (ultraviolet) light. This wavelength of light has been connected with increased growth of cataracts, and with progression of macular degeneration. If you are tanning, you should always wear the protective eyewear that they provide, and when you are out in the sun, you should wear hats and/or sunglasses to shield your eyes. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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Is it possible to get cataracts even if I keep my eyes closed while tanning my face?

Is it possible to get cataracts even if I keep my eyes closed while tanning my face?

Cataracts: There are many causes of cataracts besides uv exposure from a tanning bed-- sunlight, smoking, aging, certain medications, and heredity are all factors. So yes, you can still get cataracts even if you close your eyes during tanning sessions. Also, I am not certain that eyelids will block 100% of the uv radiation from a tanning bed. ...Read more

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Does diabetes cause cataracts?

Does diabetes cause cataracts?

Yes: Cataracts are caused by many things, including age. Most people will develop cataracts later in life, but in some diabetics, especially poorly controlled diabetics they are more likely to develop cataracts earlier. ...Read more

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Is it possible that Asperger cause cataract?

Is it possible that Asperger cause cataract?

Cataracts: Apergers syndrome does not cause cataracts but that does not mean that the two conditions might not be simultaneously present. ...Read more

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What could have caused cataract for 57+ F having controlled BP (with medicine) & sugar levels (diet only) ?

Aging or diabetes: Every year there are a dozen or more patients in my practice with cataracts in their 50's that need surgery. Even though cataracts are more common in older age groups, some people get them at a younger age for unknown reasons. Diabetics in general get cataracts at an earlier age than the general population. It is thought that with wide swings in blood sugar that the lens becomes damaged. ...Read more

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Could cataracts cause tiredness?

Could cataracts cause tiredness?

Sometimes: Cataracts interfere with vision making you work harder to see. This could increase the feeling of fatigue. ...Read more

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Tanning (Definition)

Tanning refers to attending exposing oneself to the sun, or a tanning salon, for the purpose of darkening the skin, for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, tanning is for medical reasons to relieve some symptoms ...Read more